Definition of Strangler fig
1. Noun. A strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas.
Group relationships: Ficus, Genus Ficus
Generic synonyms: Fig Tree
2. Noun. A common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers.
Group relationships: Genus Clusia
Generic synonyms: Strangler, Strangler Tree
Lexicographical Neighbors of Strangler Fig
Literary usage of Strangler fig
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Adventure Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands by Peter Krahenbul (2003)
"It can be inspiring, if a bit eerie, to poke your head up a 100-foot empty space where a tree, once engulfed by the strangler fig, used to live. ..."
2. Planet Geographyby Stephen Codrington by Stephen Codrington (2005)
"Stranglers, such as the strangler fig, begin as epiphytes, germinating in the branches of another tree. As they grow, however, they send their roots ..."
3. Adventure Guide Costa Rica by Bruce Conord, June Conord (2005)
"strangler fig A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall. ~ English proverb strangler figs (ficus) begin their life innocently enough, ..."
4. Costa Rica by Bruce Conord, June Conord (2006)
"strangler fig strangler figs (ficus) begin their life innocently enough, one among many epiphytes living on the branches of a rainforest tree. ..."
5. Belize by Vivien Lougheed (2005)
"The strangler fig is actually a parasite that chokes other living trees. Its seed is usually deposited on the host tree by a bird or insect, and a tiny root ..."
6. Mexico's Pacific Coast by Vivien Lougheed (2004)
"The strangler fig is often associated with Tarzan and the deep jungle. This plant is a parasite that winds itself around a host tree and eventually sucks ..."
7. Florida: The Keysby Don Philpott by Don Philpott (2002)
"Trees include lignumvitae, gumbo limbo, mangrove, mastic, poisonwood, pigeon plum, button-wood, strangler fig, mahogany and other unusual species. ..."